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Working as a Preschool Assistant

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a preschool assistant. For example, did you know that they make an average of $13.02 an hour? That's $27,085 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 4% and produce 55,400 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Preschool Assistant Do

There are certain skills that many preschool assistants have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed creativity, organizational skills and physical stamina.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a preschool assistant, we found that a lot of resumes listed 21.7% of preschool assistants included cpr, while 20.3% of resumes included classroom management, and 10.7% of resumes included child care. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become a Preschool Assistant

If you're interested in becoming a preschool assistant, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 44.6% of preschool assistants have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 5.8% of preschool assistants have master's degrees. Even though most preschool assistants have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a preschool assistant. When we researched the most common majors for a preschool assistant, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or high school diploma degrees. Other degrees that we often see on preschool assistant resumes include associate degree degrees or master's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a preschool assistant. In fact, many preschool assistant jobs require experience in a role such as cashier. Meanwhile, many preschool assistants also have previous career experience in roles such as sales associate or teacher.

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Average Salary$27,085
Job Growth Rate4%

Preschool Assistant Career Paths

Top Careers Before Preschool Assistant

Cashier
13.6 %
Teacher
7.2 %

Top Careers After Preschool Assistant

Cashier
8.7 %
Teacher
7.9 %

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Average Salary for a Preschool Assistant

Preschool Assistants in America make an average salary of $27,085 per year or $13 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $33,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $22,000 per year.
Average Salary
$27,085

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Redding, CA
Salary Range30k - 45k$37k$36,984
Lakewood, CO
Salary Range21k - 29k$25k$25,377
Des Plaines, IL
Salary Range21k - 29k$25k$25,134
New Albany, IN
Salary Range20k - 28k$24k$24,066
Springfield, MO
Salary Range20k - 27k$24k$23,542
Lakeside, FL
Salary Range17k - 25k$21k$21,385
$17k
$45k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Preschool Assistant (S/Day)-Great Partnership (Alta Mesa) #688
Preschool Assistant (S/Day)-Great Partnership (Alta Mesa) #688
Gateway Unified School District
Gateway Unified School District
01/29/2021
01/29/2021
$30,38701/29/2021
$30,387
Toddler & Preschool Childcare Assistant (Children's Center) (Short-Term/Temporary)
Toddler & Preschool Childcare Assistant (Children's Center) (Short-Term/Temporary)
Cuesta College-San Luis Obispo County Community College
Cuesta College-San Luis Obispo County Community College
01/20/2021
01/20/2021
$29,21801/20/2021
$29,218
Preschool Assistant-Regional
Preschool Assistant-Regional
Dcsdk12
Dcsdk12
01/15/2021
01/15/2021
$25,71201/15/2021
$25,712
Preschool Assistant
Preschool Assistant
Dcsdk12
Dcsdk12
12/23/2020
12/23/2020
$25,04412/23/2020
$25,044
Preschool Assistant and Support Educators
Preschool Assistant and Support Educators
Shalom Austin
Shalom Austin
12/19/2020
12/19/2020
$27,13112/19/2020
$27,131
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Preschool Assistant Demographics

Gender

female

87.3 %

male

9.1 %

unknown

3.6 %

Ethnicity

White

63.1 %

Hispanic or Latino

16.1 %

Black or African American

8.8 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.7 %

French

13.3 %

Japanese

6.7 %
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Preschool Assistant Education

Degrees

Bachelors

44.6 %

High School Diploma

21.0 %

Associate

20.5 %

Top Colleges for Preschool Assistants

1. Stanford University

Stanford, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

2. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

3. Duke University

Durham, NC • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

4. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

5. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

6. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI • Public

In-State Tuition
$15,262
Enrollment
30,079

7. University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,391
Enrollment
8,568

8. Rice University

Houston, TX • Private

In-State Tuition
$47,350
Enrollment
3,962

9. University of Chicago

Chicago, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$58,230
Enrollment
6,600

10. Brown University

Providence, RI • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,466
Enrollment
6,752
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Top Skills For a Preschool Assistant

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 21.7% of preschool assistants listed cpr on their resume, but soft skills such as creativity and organizational skills are important as well.

Best States For a Preschool Assistant

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a preschool assistant. The best states for people in this position are Washington, Connecticut, Oregon, and Massachusetts. Preschool assistants make the most in Washington with an average salary of $39,384. Whereas in Connecticut and Oregon, they would average $37,752 and $35,720, respectively. While preschool assistants would only make an average of $34,768 in Massachusetts, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Connecticut

Total Preschool Assistant Jobs:
77
Highest 10% Earn:
$56,000
Location Quotient:
1.45
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Alaska

Total Preschool Assistant Jobs:
148
Highest 10% Earn:
$39,000
Location Quotient:
19.43
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Oregon

Total Preschool Assistant Jobs:
58
Highest 10% Earn:
$50,000
Location Quotient:
1.08
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Preschool Assistant Employers

1. YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
3.6
Avg. Salary: 
$19,196
Preschool Assistants Hired: 
23+
2. City of Lakewood
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$26,965
Preschool Assistants Hired: 
8+
3. KinderCare Learning Centers
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$28,223
Preschool Assistants Hired: 
8+
4. YMCA of Greater Houston
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$19,139
Preschool Assistants Hired: 
4+
5. Bullitt Central High School
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$25,718
Preschool Assistants Hired: 
4+
6. Bona Vista Programs
2.8
Avg. Salary: 
$25,825
Preschool Assistants Hired: 
4+

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Updated October 2, 2020